Tag Archives: Enterprise

10 November 2015 - 11:12 am New beginnings and a ray of never giving up

Hey everyone, my name is Baiju, a very excited intern at the USE who is a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I’ll tell you a little bit about myself, but not sure where to start…

I come from Kenya, which has some of the most beautiful scenery, still trying to find something to top the Great Rift Valley and the sun setting in the horizon, watching the zebra graze the last few blades in the dark as the last golden rays hit their backs, it is bliss! I left Kenya to come to the University of Sheffield, to study Economics, as I have a passion for development and trying to bridge the gap of inequality.

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2 November 2015 - 3:53 pm The Spirit of the Entrepreneur

Since beginning work as a Social Innovation Intern at USE this September, I have found myself reflecting on exactly what an ‘entrepreneur’ is.

At the end of September, Britain said goodbye to free plastic bags on the high street. The ban came as a surprise to many, whilst to ‘banish the bag’ campaigners, the ban signified a small move in the right direction.

In the midst of a week of forgetfulness at the checkout, it was reported that Dave Arthur, a shopper from Plymouth, had started an enterprising plan in which to make money from the newly introduced charge. On social media, Dave advertised the sale of his collection of 200 ‘good brand’ plastic bags for the grand total of £5. This enabled potential buyers the opportunity to get plastic bags for 2.5p each, a half-price bargain considering the current plastic-bag market.

Dave Arthur provides a good example of what it means to be an entrepreneur. Although a somewhat simple example, through the identification of need, he used instinctive innovation in order to improve a situation and provide a solution, whilst also making a profit.

When considering what the difference is between an entrepreneur and someone who simply runs a business, we can go further, considering an entrepreneur to be a leader and manager, an innovative problem solver and a profit-maker. Essentially, an entrepreneur can be considered both a risk-taking visionary and a situation-stirring revolutionary.

Are you excited by the role of an Entrepreneur? Are you an Entrepreneur? If you answer ‘yes’ to either or both questions, why not take a look at the USE website or visit the USE Reception Desk and talk to a member of the Intern team.


With the various opportunities available at USE, you won’t be disappointed!



30 October 2015 - 11:58 am A weekend to make the change!

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda, Jedi Master

Startup Weekends are fun packed entrepreneurship exercises in which you’ll learn much more than just starting a business. In brevity, Startup Weekends are two and a half day events; they start on a Friday evening when people pitch their ideas (It could be you too, if you have got one!). Then the participants choose the idea they would like to be part of.  The next day the teams build their product prototype and also reach out to their market to understand the challenges their business idea would face. On the final day the teams present their ideas to the judges and win prizes!

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23 October 2015 - 4:24 pm How I learned self-direction on my year out placement

After my second year at university I decided to take a year out and do a placement in London in order to gain more practical skills in the world of business. Overall it was a fabulous experience and one of the most important skills I acquired was self-direction.

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16 September 2015 - 9:13 am IMPORTANT NOTICE!

Let’s imagine you have completed all the steps to starting up your own business; you’ve got really cool partners, a funding on the way and you think your company’s name simply rocks. You are ready to conquer the world! Are you? Continue reading “IMPORTANT NOTICE!” »

24 August 2015 - 4:53 pm A trip to London

What do a pirate themed children’s bookshop, a restaurant (actually two), Russell Brand’s café, a digital media company and an online radio station have in common? This is a slight trick question as there are two answers: one, they are all social enterprises; and secondly, they were all stops on a recent social enterprise networking/inspirational day out to London organised by the Enterprise Zone.

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19 August 2015 - 1:48 pm Brand names or should we say brand gags?

Ever wondered why your product doesn’t sell abroad or why people in some countries laugh every time you mention it? Continue reading “Brand names or should we say brand gags?” »

30 July 2015 - 12:13 pm Maximus Decimus Meridius’ 5 Steps to Success

Welcome, readers, to my first ever blog post! I hope it isn’t completely awful. I must warn you, though – it is a little strange.

For anyone who has ever watched Gladiator (if you haven’t, please go and watch it right now!), you’re probably wondering why the heck its main character is the subject of my enterprise-related blog? Of course you are! But, before you dismiss me for being completely bonkers, let me explain: Continue reading “Maximus Decimus Meridius’ 5 Steps to Success” »

22 July 2015 - 4:17 pm Round Up of all the Enterprise Entertainment News @ USE

Hello Hello!

It’s been a while since I wrote my first blog post and I am itching to share with you all the latest news and goings on here at USE.  I am settling into my role quite well and since those first few hairy weeks of getting my head around what enterprise is, it’s been full throttle, with lots of exciting and interesting events and projects…

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10 July 2015 - 2:46 pm The ultimate secrets of getting an internship leaked…

Hello all! Yeah, I know, long time no see… But this time, I have some useful stuff to offer you: tips to get a placement, yey!

The placements market is still offering a couple of last chances to get a job for the summer or a year, so please jump onto this last train, get a great experience and boost your employability by doing one! Either way, no worries, even if it’s already too late, you can start thinking about next year, because the vacancies mainly begin to open in September. It’s almost time!

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